New York Power Authority Assistant Project Engineer II in Albany, New York

Assistant Project Engineer II

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Job Description

The Assistant Project Engineer II specialty supports the Energy Efficiency Department in achieving the Business Unit’s goals to improve energy efficiency and stimulate new energy technologies in New York State through physical projects. The Assistant Project Engineer II works with customers to develop multiple end use projects incorporating energy efficiency measures to reduce the customers’ energy consumption.

  • Represent NYPA at town, school board, city, state, and other official meetings to promote participation in the Energy Services Programs including development and delivery of presentations outlining the program offerings.

  • Represent NYPA at customer meetings, design meetings, contractor walk through, and presentations to customers. May be required to prepare meeting minutes and distribute within a week of meetings.

  • Prepare engineering calculations, estimates, and cost analyses for feasibility/audit reports.

  • Manage and implement multiple lighting, HVAC, controls and building envelope energy conservation projects and new project development concurrently.

  • Project responsibility may be up to 6 or more projects depending on scope. Projects are generally more routine in nature.yet require high level supervision reviewing all work products daily.

  • Prepare specifications and design drawings as required.

  • Develop customer installation commitment documents including cost recovery agreements requiring the development of economic analyses and engineering specifications.

  • Coordinate projects across multiple engineering disciplines. Track and prepare status reports for all assigned projects.

  • Evaluate project scope, review feasibility reports, make presentations and recommendations to senior engineers & management, develop design documents and specifications, evaluate bid results, and make recommendations for contract award.

  • Develop and verify engineering, labor and material bid specifications provided by staff and implementation contractors.

  • Consult with more senior engineers to ensure that all design, code, licensing and operating and maintenance requirements are met.

  • Review project activities for technical content, accuracy, cost control and schedule.

  • Review the work of contractors and consultants in a particular area of program focus and activity while developing and evaluating plans and criteria for a variety of projects and activities.

  • Support more senior engineers in negotiating change orders to construction and services contracts.

  • Develop and verify all financial and billing documentation relating to savings calculations supporting the cost-effective direct install projects.

  • Solve problems related to customer bill savings, design and construction issues.

  • Ensure that all financial resources expended by NYPA are fully recovered from each program participant. Evaluate all change order claims and payment invoices, while working as a team member with other engineers inside and outside of NYPA to develop the most cost-effective project designs.

  • Coordinate activities between contractors / consultants / equipment vendors / customers to provide project construction quality assurance in adherence to project specifications and compliance to state and local codes.

  • Comply and enforce the compliance of hazardous material handling, safety and environmental procedures. May be required to prepare field visit reports to document progress and site condition.

  • Keep abreast of the latest technological developments, products and revisions to the NYPA project input parameters (electric Production and Delivery rates, Interest During Construction (IDC) IDC, financing term, discount rate, Gross Receipt Taxes (GRT), GRT, Contracts, Environmental and Bond Counsel).

  • Work with customers and more senior engineers to develop end use projects incorporating energy efficiency measures to reduce the customers’ energy consumption.

  • Develop and implement cost effective direct-install projects that cover all end-uses. Using business and engineering orientation the incumbent is responsible for working on various phases of project development, ranging from inception through feasibility, design and engineering phases through construction and true up.

  • Perform analysis of the economics of each project, present the findings to the customer and obtain approvals to move the project into construction.

Required Skills

  • Basic knowledge of accounting procedures and principles, engineering discipline, and building mechanical and electrical systems as well as chillers, boilers, HVAC and building envelope required.

  • Basic knowledge of local/state building code requirements required. Basic understanding of NYPA’s policies, operations, procedures and business objectives as well as those of the customers is preferred.

  • Ability to further develop an understanding of the electric utility and energy services industries.

  • Ability to work with engineering consultants and labor contractors

  • Basic understanding of the project management process with the ability to develop project management skills.

  • Solid quantitative skills with the ability to review data and report results (e.g., energy savings calculations, review of energy audit reports, facility inspections during project construction)

  • Knowledge of engineering theory, physics, calculus, basic statistics, and computer skills along with ability to develop an understanding of energy management technologies. Must have good written and basic verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to organize information and effectively present ideas to the intended audience.

  • Ability to receive verbal direction and follow-up with the supervisor and work effectively with contractors and consultants.

  • Good writing skills and the ability to prepare routine reports and equipment reviews suitable for final submission required.

  • Ability to organize and prioritize work required

  • Ability to develop the skills necessary to analyze existing conditions in a facility, and address issues related to contracts, equipment design and operation.

  • Ability to analyze and address environmental concerns as they relate to customer requirements and, with the guidance of more senior engineers, develop cost effective, engineering solutions to routine problems.

  • Team oriented approach to plan, execute and complete multiple projects on time, and within budget allowance.

  • The ability to apply knowledge of engineering principles and practices, and develop an understanding of the Authority's policies, operations, and objectives, and the ability to solve engineering problems.

Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Electrical Engineering or related engineering discipline.

  • Exposure to energy efficiency industry preferred.

  • Minimum of 0-2 years of experience in an analytical function or relative work experience.

  • Approximately 40% - 60% travel primarily within NY State increasing with increased responsibility

  • Ability to access all areas of the site and conduct physical evaluations of grounds and equipment including ability to climb and work at high elevations, walk a significant distance, sometimes on uneven ground, and occasional minor lifting.

  • Availability to work outside of the normal business hours (including weekends) when project demands.

Job Location

Albany, New York, United States

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